no faith in Wijeyadasa

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Motion in UNP Working Committee moved by Ashu Marasinghe

Rajapakshe to make special statement on Monday

By Yohan Perera   

The United National Party (UNP) working committee and Parliamentary Group took an unanimous decision yesterday (17) that they have no faith in Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe who is is currently at the centre of controversy after being accused of violating the collective responsibility of the Cabinet.

 

  • I never said I won’t look back till I cancel the Hambantota agreement  
  • The working committee has not made any decision on the Minister at yesterday’s meeting

 

Meanwhile UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim told journalists yesterday that Minister Rajapakshe would make a special statement with regard to the allegation levelled against him on Monday (20).   


Mr. Hashim told journalists that Mr. Rajapakshe assured the party’s working committee and the parliamentary group that he will make a statement on Monday on the true situation regarding the statements he made earlier.

 
He said Mr. Rajapakshe is also expected to meet Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe shortly before making the public statement. 
Further, Mr. Hashim said the government will also take some important steps especially with regard to collective responsibility of the ministers.   “The decisions which the government will take 

 

My collegue Ashu Marasinghe brought a proposal and all members of the working committee unanimously supported it

 

all members of Cabinet and not just one member” he said. The Government Parliamentary group is to meet on Monday.  

 
Earlier, there were heated arguments at the working committee where some members had criticized Mr. Rajapakshe for the statements he made on Corruption probes and on the Hambantota Port. 


LATE-CITY-DM-1-15However, the Minister has denied the statement he had made on Hambantota. ‘ I never said I won’t look back till I cancel the Hambantota agreement” he had told the working committee.   


Meanwhile, Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva in a twitter message said Minister Rajapakshe denied doing anything wrong even after the entire UNP working and parliamentary groups fiercely criticized him for two hours.   


The journalists were able to witness Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera coming out of the working committee meeting in an agitated manner. 


 However, Dy Minister Perera who spoke to the journalists later said he was happy about the outcome at the working committee meeting.  


 “My collegue Ashu Marasinghe brought a proposal and all members of the working committee unanimously supported it,” he said. “Our opinion is that action against corruption should be expedited and if any one says it cannot be done quickly that is wrong as this government was voted in to punish the corrupt,” he said.   


The working committee has not made any decision on the Minister at yesterday’s meeting though it was anticipated that some decision would be made against the Minister yesterday.   

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